Roma set to land USA World Cup prodigy - from under Liverpool's nose

The United States impressed at the World Cup in Brazil, and one particular young player caught the eye for Jurgen Klinsmann's men.

Given no hope of getting out of Group G at the World Cup, USA were expected to be swept aside comfortably by Germany, Portugal and Ghana, only to gain four points and make it out of the group to set up a last 16 clash with Belgium. They may have lost that game and been knocked out of the tournament, but the introduction of one young player set tongues wagging after the game.

Full back Yedlin, who plays for Seattle Sounders, was brought into the game after Fabian Johnson was injured, and the 20-year-old played a starring role as he impressed with his speed and energy down the right hand side, contributing defensively and going forward as the States came so close to forcing penalties.

With 42 appearances for the Sounders and seven international caps already, Yedlin is seen as one of the rising stars of the US side - and that reputation, as well as his performance against Belgium, had seen Liverpool linked with a move to bring him to the Premier League.

Speculation suggested that Brendan Rodgers wanted to hand Yedlin a trial during pre-season with a view to signing him permanently, but more rumours surfaced in the past 24 hours, linking him with a move to Serie A side Genoa instead, who were willing to pay €2m.

Yet the situation has taken another twist, as Roma are now favourites to sign Yedlin this summer. Rudi Garcia's side have made a big commitment to signing young players over the past 12 months, and Yedlin appears to be the latest wonderkid that they're looking to bring to the Italian capital.

Reports in Italy state that Roma are now set to sign Yedlin, but loan him straight back to MLS side Seattle Sounders for the next year before becoming a part of the Roma first team for the 2015/16 season - which will be a blow to Liverpool, who may have seen Yedlin as the long-term heir to Glen Johnson at right back.

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